[Maj. Gist to Council.]
Convoy before the White Plains 2 Nov. 1776.
Collol Smallwood being wounded in the action of 28th
Ulto the command since has devolved upon myself. The
duty I owe your respectable body calls upon me to give
you an account of the killed & wounded, not doubting but
Collet Smallwood has before this forwarded you a circumstan-
cial account, as he is only slightly wounded, and has more
time at present than I can possibly spare.
Since the skirmish the Enemy have been exceedingly busy
in erecting a Breast work on the Eminence they took from
us. Yesterday morning having got prepared to open it upon
us, the General ordered us to abandon our front lines, which
in our present situation was rendered useless to us.
The Enemy immediately took possession of them, and
Judging that we were making a precipitate retreat, formed
the line, and advanced upon us with a large collumn to bring
on the attack, the artillery on each side keeping up a smart
fire, and they soon found their situation disagreeable, and as
if ashamed of the attempt they sneakingly skulked behind a
wood, and retired unseen to the lines. In much haste,
I am Gentlemen respectfully
yr very obt Servt M. Gist.
A list of the killed and wounded the 28th ulto
- - Brano
Sergeants Westbey 5 killed
- - Belt
- - Hudson
Lieuts Waters 3 wounded
- Goldsmith 38 private killed & wounded
Including the Independent companies, our effective men
are now reduced to 298, and are badly of for Cloathes, having
lost the principal part of their baggage.